Mozambique to to upgrade road linking Zimbabwe
Mozambique says it will invest U$400 million to rehabilitate a 300km highway, a key trade corridor that links the port city of Beira and the border with Zimbabwe.
Public Works and Housing Minister Cadamiel Muthemba was quoted by private newspaper O Pais on Tuesday as saying that funding for the project was sourced from the Chinese export-import bank (Exim Bank) in the form of a loan.
The minister said the road will be substantially widened into four lane highway along its entire length. Its approaches to Beira will be transformed into six lanes on a road which is of key importance to the trade, not only with Zimbabwe, but other landlocked southern African countries, including Zambia, Malawi and parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. .
“The road will have roundabouts at particularly busy areas, such as the Inchope crossroads (where the road to Zimbabwe meets Mozambique’s main north-south highway), Chimoio city, and the towns of Gondola and Manica”, the minister said adding that the objective is to guarantee the normal circulation of people and goods.
Muthemba disclosed that the maintenance of the Beira-Zimbabwe road will be contracted to a private company, which will charge motorists through toll gates.
“Users must contribute to maintaining the roads. We will thus have more money to guarantee the routine maintenance of the roads, thus ensuring that they last longer” the minister added.